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[Top»] Why should I use an Aerial and Satellite Engineer?

Well to start with, the Aerial and Satellite Engineers have the appropriate tools and knowledge to carry out the job efficiently and effectively.  Aerial and Satellite Engineers will also know what type of aerial you require, this will depend upon the area that you live in and your distance from the mast.  This may be tricky for some of us less technically minded people, considering there are many different aerial types.

Aerial and Satellite Engineers are also insured to go onto your rooftop / gable so if they are injured, they will receive money from their insurers, but would you receive any money whilst laid up in hospital? 

[Top»] What is the CAI and what does it do?

The Confederation of Aerial Installers (CAI) is a recognised governing body for Aerial and Satellite Engineers.  They are the responsible body which ensures that the Aerial and Satellite Engineers install the aerials correctly to give you the best possible signal and to ensure that the aerial is installed safely.  When an Aerial and Satellite Engineer applies to join the CAI they have to pass a certain criteria before being approved and also agree to any of their work being inspected by a CAI Official.


More information on the Confederation of Aerial Installers can be found at where you can also search the CAI database for approved Aerial and Satellite Engineers.


[Top»] How much does it cost?

There are a few factors that can determine how much a new aerial will cost to fit when having it professionally installed by a Aerial and Satellite Engineer. Ultimately, it will depend of you are just after the aerial replacing or if you also need to have new cabling.

Some companies offer ‘low loss’ aerial cabling which is designed to transmit more of the original aerial signal to the TV rather than traditional cable where some of the picture quality is lost.

[Top»] When should I use an Engineer?

Ideally it would be advisable to use an engineer when you wish to install, replace or upgrade your aerial.  Aerial and Satellite Engineers carry aerial strength meters, which ensure the correct angle of the aerial to ensure perfect picture quality is delivered.

Many people take their TV sets for granted and it's only human to want to have the best possible picture, so why not take the stress and strain out of installing your own as more often than not an Aerial and Satellite Engineer will take less time to install an aerial and also give you a better picture on your TV. 

[Top»] The Registered Digital Installer – Licensing Body

The Registered Digital Installer – Licensing Body (RDI-LB) is a scheme that has been set up in co-operation with the Government alongside with professional installers who maintain and manage the RDI-LB.

Their sole focus is to identify professional Aerial and Satellite Engineers and register them with the licensing body. Each year a registered engineer has to provide details of their installations and they must pass certain qualifications before been accepted by the RDI-LB.

More Information on the RDI-LB can be found at where you can also perform a search for a RDI-LB registered installer.

[Top»] What is the difference between an Aerial Engineer and a Satellite Engineer?

There isn't a great deal of difference between an Aerial Engineer and a Satellite Engineer, as they do similar jobs.  Generally speaking most Satellite Engineers will install aerials too, but Aerial Engineers don't usually install Satellites, therefore it is worth checking with the professional tradesperson that they install what you are looking for.